“Don’t wait until everything is just right. It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles, and less than perfect conditions. So what? Get started now. With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more self-confident, and more and more successful.” – Mark Victor Hansen
It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there in the candidate-driven market. The already challenging fight for top jobs is now more competitive than ever. After all, an overwhelming 90% of professionals say they are open to new opportunities! But that doesn’t mean you should put your dreams on hold. So how can you stand out among the rest and be a successful job seeker? I believe there are 3 core values that will assist you in every step of the job search.
Confidence is the number one tool that will get you places. In life, in a job search, in relationships… confidence. Keep in mind as you go through the job search motions that you have worked hard to get where you are currently, and no one can take that away from you. Still not feeling confident? My favorite phrase here is to “fake it til you make it.” If you act confident, no one else will be the wiser, and eventually it just might come true.
You’ve heard it a million times, “a job search is a full time job in and of itself.” And it sounds so cliche and also intimidating, but it’s SO TRUE. It’s like that eHarmony commercial, “do you want fast or forever?” Your job search will return what you put into it. So batten down the hatches, get your resume ready, and hustle.
Whether it be from your friends and family, your LinkedIn network, or a trusted recruiter, a support system will take you a long way during your job search. Your network can supply job opportunities, ins and your most desired companies, and even a shoulder to cry on when it doesn’t work out quite the way you planned.